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Meet The Tennessee “Republican” Who Saved Obama’s Iranian Deal

BOB CORKER’S BILL “GUARANTEED OBAMA’S AND IRAN’S SUCCESS” || By OMAR HAMADA || When I was a Major in the United States Army Special Forces, I learned a thing or two about strategy.  One of the strongest tactics you can use on the battlefield is to confuse your enemy. Unfortunately…

BOB CORKER’S BILL “GUARANTEED OBAMA’S AND IRAN’S SUCCESS”

|| By OMAR HAMADAOmar Hamada || When I was a Major in the United States Army Special Forces, I learned a thing or two about strategy.  One of the strongest tactics you can use on the battlefield is to confuse your enemy. Unfortunately for Tennessee’s conservatives, U.S. Senator Bob Corker  seems to view them as the enemy.

He deserves credit.  For someone who has never stepped foot on a battlefield to serve his country, Corker sure knows how to confuse his enemies.  One may ask why someone that has never worn the uniform of America’s armed services is chairman over the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  Perhaps it’s because Corker is nothing more than a brilliant politician – they also know how to confuse their enemies.  Corker has used every weapon in his arsenal to mislead Tennesseans on the details of President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal.  Tennesseans should know how a Washington politician has been fast at work deceiving them for months. The truth is, Obama needed Corker to save his Iran deal and Corker delivered.

Note that Corker and Obama have a close relationship.  They have teed off on the golf course and enjoyed dinner together on more than one occasion.  They aren’t exactly enemies.  Actually, many in Washington would say they are close.  Therefore, when Corker introduced legislation to “give Congress a vote” on the Iran deal, eyebrows should have raised.  Initially, Obama said he would reject the bill, but quickly flipped and said he supported Corker’s bill.  As Obama has said, he has a pen and a phone.  He has no qualms when it comes to sidestepping Congress.  So, why would Obama support Corker’s bill that supposedly gives Congress the power to kill his negotiations?  Again- the stated purpose of the bill was to stop Obama’s Iran deal, but Obama couldn’t wait to sign it.  Odd.  The plain and simple truth is that Congress had a vote before Corker’s bill and Obama never actually rejected the bill.

In fact, Obama wanted and needed Corker’s bill.  Now the bill is law.

Here’s what really happened.  Obama’s Iran nuclear deal was considered a treaty.  Plain and simple.  Of course, that was before Corker’s bill.  It’s important to note that treaties require 67 votes from the Senate for approval.  The Senate is currently composed of 44 Democrats, 54 Republicans and 2 Independents.  In order for Obama’s Iran treaty to pass, he would need every single Democrat, both Independents, and at least 21 Republicans to vote in favor of it.  As of today, every single Republican and 2 Democrats stand against the deal.  That’s 56 no votes and 44 in favor.  So, the deal is dead– right?  Wrong.

Corker’s bill legally allowed Obama’s Iran deal to be presented as normal legislation instead of a treaty.  Even worse, Corker’s bill allows for Obama’s nuclear deal to activate unless Congress disapproves the deal.  Meaning Congress must pass a Resolution of Disapproval to kill the deal.  Democrats have enough members to prevent a “Resolution of Disapproval” from being voted on because 60 votes are required to force a vote on legislation.

Because Republicans only have 54 votes (maybe 56 if the two Democrats opposing the bill stand with them) they don’t have the votes to force a vote on a Resolution of Disapproval.  Without the resolution, the deal is set in stone.  Even if Republicans can get four more Democrats to flip, Obama now has the power to veto the resolution.  To override the veto, 13 Senate Democrats and 43 House Democrats have to stand with Republicans against Obama.

It won’t happen. Obama knew this going in, and that’s why he couldn’t wait to sign Corker’s bill.

Corker now has the audacity to visit Tennessee and tell his constituents that the Republicans won’t be able to stop the Iran deal, but he tried so hard.  He should be ashamed of purposefully misleading his constituents when he knows it was his actions that guaranteed Obama’s and Iran’s success.

A chance exists that Corker didn’t mean to pave the road for Obama’s Iran deal.  Perhaps he didn’t know what he was doing. I’m not sure what’s worse. Corker saving Obama and blatantly lying to his constituents about what he did, or the off chance that the Chairman of one of the Senate’s most powerful committees didn’t know what he was doing when he gave Obama exactly what he wanted.

Regardless, Tennesseans are not receiving the representation they deserve.

Omar Hamada is a heavily decorated, veteran Major of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne), an accomplished physician and business executive in both civilian and military health care markets living in Tennessee with his wife, Dr. Tara Hamada, and their four children.

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52 comments

Kudos August 27, 2015 at 3:52 pm

Good for him. It’s nice to see a politician who isn’t itching to send other people’s children off to war. Like nearly all republicans and commenters on this site.

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Speak D Truth August 27, 2015 at 4:55 pm

You would be surprised how many conservative commenters on this site have served in the military, have been in combat, and understand things like “Full Battle Rattle”, “OPSEC”, “Need to Know”, “Phase Lines”, and “Sectors of Fire.”
Most service members are conservatives not democrats. We know that the Democratic Party is one big case of “SNAFU.”

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Kudos August 27, 2015 at 5:24 pm

Still quick to send other people’s children to war.
Again and again and again…

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Speak D Truth August 27, 2015 at 10:10 pm

This isn’t Vietnam. There isn’t a draft. Anyone that goes to war chose to join the Military.

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Jack August 27, 2015 at 5:57 pm

How many??

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Speak D Truth August 27, 2015 at 10:09 pm

If that’s a roll call you can count me as a veteran.

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Sic Semper Tyrannis August 27, 2015 at 5:20 pm

Here, here, spot on.

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Marie Barf August 28, 2015 at 10:38 am

Funny but it’s the Dumocrats who the only ones talking about we needed this “deal” (capitulation) or go to war. Nobody else is mentioning going to war other than the Dumocrats. Why are they so eager to give nukes to the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, along with $150 Billion AND letting them “self-inspect” their own sites while we are barred at the same time?

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Rocky Verdad August 27, 2015 at 4:06 pm

Sir, thank you for your service. A few facts though. First, this is not a Treaty, it is a multi-lateral agreement, and by that fact, didn’t need to be approved by Congress at all. Obama agreed to work with the Senate to establish a regime where Congress could have their say, but as you point out, it was negotiated with Corker who set out a process where it was very unlikely that the Senate could kill it. Did Corker stap the GOP in the back? No. In reality, Obama was under no requirement to have Congress vote on it. Having Congress bitch, but tacitly approve the deal by not killing the deal, gives it more legitimacy. And for the record, a good many Foreign Service Officers and diplomats did not serve in the military, and therefore, having a non-miliatry person serving as head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committe is not odd. Remember, it’s not the Senate Armed Forces Committee.

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flip August 27, 2015 at 4:17 pm

With you on this Rocky.In my opinion,Obama is a lawless, ‘closet’ Radical Islamic Muslim that hates America,Israel and the Jewish people.

He was going to find a way to give Iran nukes so they can incinerate Israel about the time his BILLION $ library/’closet’ mosque opens up in Minneapolis?

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Rocky Verdad August 27, 2015 at 5:19 pm

Well you’re a little off there, but glad you agree with me that Corker screwed you all.

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flip August 27, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Rocky you lied AGAIN! In your post you said he didn’t.
I have another friend that is a habitual liar. He is still my friend.

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Rocky Verdad August 28, 2015 at 9:43 am

Lied about what? You’re gonna have to explain that one.

The Colonel August 27, 2015 at 4:25 pm

Er, uhm, not so much, Treaty: A treaty is an agreement under international law entered into by actors in international law, namely sovereign states and international organizations. A treaty may also be known as an (international) agreement, protocol, covenant, convention, pact, or exchange of letters, among other terms.

Any agreement between nation is a treaty. That wad the framer’s intent and that is the common use of the word.

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erneba August 27, 2015 at 4:30 pm

Will this decided in the Courts…Treaty versus some sort of “agreement?”
Doing something this important should certainly be decided by other than a small group in the White House.
Valerie Jarrett says, “Call it an agreement so I can go to the movies and you can go play golf.”

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Soft Sigh from Hell August 27, 2015 at 5:00 pm

When the US and USSR agreed not to train their naval guns on each other at sea, did that minor but important agreement need a Senate vote? Seems hard to believe that such matters did or do. What then is the threshold for “treaty?”

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The Colonel August 27, 2015 at 5:12 pm

No, as the Commander in Chief the President has the authority to order that without seeking approval. What we have here is a multilateral agreement between nations and it clearly rises to the level of a treaty as spelled out in the US Constitution.

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Rocky Verdad August 27, 2015 at 5:20 pm

And as such, then the Congress will have their say. They were so happy to do so, they even changed the rules on this one.

The Colonel August 27, 2015 at 7:43 pm

The Framer’s original idea was that the treaty got a non-vetoable yes or no decision

Rocky Verdad August 27, 2015 at 5:18 pm

Honestly Col – what international organizations was Ben Franklin thinking of – the UN?

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The Colonel August 27, 2015 at 6:20 pm

The Congress of Vienna, founded in 1815, was probably the first “international organization” but Franklin being Franklin, probably foresaw the creation of IOs while swimming across a pond holding onto a kite. Remember, he was an ambassador among his myriad other roles.

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Rocky Verdad August 28, 2015 at 9:42 am

Of NGOs. I’m going to go with this – if it’s a bi-lateral agreement, it’s a treaty. If it’s a multi-lateral agreement, it’s an agreement.

The Colonel August 28, 2015 at 9:44 am

Ever heard of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a multi lateral “agreement” between 28 countries…

Bill August 27, 2015 at 5:59 pm

So , what achievable deal would you have structured? Or do you just propose we invade?

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The Colonel August 27, 2015 at 5:59 pm

Enforce the sanctions and watch them crumble.

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Rocky Verdad August 27, 2015 at 6:05 pm

We need them Colonel. They are what they are – the largest country in the region, with most diversified economy and potentially the country we can leverage the most to get some resolution to outstanding crap like ISIS and Taliban.

Plus I’d like to visit Tehran someday – had family stationed at the embassy there in ’78-’79 – they said it was really pretty.

The Colonel August 27, 2015 at 7:41 pm

I agree that it’d be fun to visit. Cuba’s on my list as well, may get to do that in February.

Col.Flagg August 27, 2015 at 8:37 pm

Present Castro a confederate flag and then you two RINO”s burn it and swap stories about how evil America is.

Confederate Loon August 28, 2015 at 8:23 am

You know who else thought the United States of America was evil?

That little old country that flew the confederate flag.

Col.Flagg August 27, 2015 at 8:42 pm

You and The Colonel bring the VETERANS back an ISIS Flag and IED as a reminder to our disabled hero’s of your visit and love affair with the terrorists in Tehran.

Please tell us if you were able to hear the screams of the Christian prisoners being tortured for loving Christ.

Both of you are a disgrace.

Rocky Verdad August 28, 2015 at 9:40 am

No, face reality. Col. Flagg, by your standard, we should have never reopened our embassy in Vietnam. Germany should still be occupied, and Japan the same. You all got suckered into that fight over there, and now you’ve learned a valuable lesson, your blood and valor are worth to DC, pretty much nothing.

Bill August 27, 2015 at 6:36 pm

So you think the US can do that unilaterally?

The Colonel August 27, 2015 at 7:40 pm

No, we need allies who respect our President and Secretary of State and who will participate as faithful partners.

Bill August 27, 2015 at 6:38 pm

And what do you mean by crumble?

The Colonel August 27, 2015 at 7:38 pm

Had we actually enforced the sanctions and held our “allies” to the same standard we wouldn’t be at this juncture, the Iranians would have kicked the mullahs out.

erneba August 27, 2015 at 4:21 pm

Currently, in Washington, it appears we have the most unresponsive, intellectually crippled, ass-kissing set of Republicans in my lifetime.
The Republican Senate under Mitch McConnell of Kentucky seems no different than the Senate under Harry Reid of Nevada. It is becoming apparent that there is not the sightliest difference between being a “R” or a “D” in Washington these days.

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Lone Ranger August 27, 2015 at 4:38 pm

Meanwhile…ALL of the gutless RINOs who gave Obama fast-track
authority and then went home to voters with arrogant aplomb

Will discover just how wrong they were on THAT and THIS when
voters leave no doubt that it was STILL we who have…the bomb !!!

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Speak D Truth August 27, 2015 at 4:44 pm

Corker is another Lindsey Graham. They need to be exposed as the liberal democrats that they are.

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CorruptionInColumbia August 27, 2015 at 5:21 pm

Corker, Graham, Boehner, and more seemingly are modled after “Senator Ellen Love” in the Matt Helm book by Donald Hamilton, “The Intriguers”. As I seem to recall, Love was all about betraying her country for political gain. In the book, she survived, but her career was rightfully destroyed. Too bad we don’t have Matt Helm or his government agency to save us from these scum in real life.

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But Obama's A-OK w/ U August 27, 2015 at 4:54 pm

But you’re A-OK with Obama, the son of a bitch who DID IT?
When you devote one-third the keystrokes to blasting Obama, Call me.

Until then STFU. The media get on its knees (See FITNews) and worship you if it’s a Republicans you bash, no matter how much he deserves it. It’s GUTLESS on your part.

Go after the real Demon in this country’s government, and see how they treat you. Earn some cred, then come back.

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Why are you so mad? August 27, 2015 at 5:11 pm

Did Will run over your dog or something? You need to relax.

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Rocky Verdad August 27, 2015 at 5:16 pm

Your party sold you out. Now STFU.

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Hillary Rocky Verdad August 27, 2015 at 6:39 pm

MSNBC’s Morning Joe reacted Thursday to the three most common words people think of when Hillary Clinton comes to mind being, in order, “liar,” “dishonest” and “untrustworthy,” according to a new Quinnipiac poll.

The question did not give any choices for words, showing how cemented the perception of Clinton as deceitful has become with the public in the wake of her private email scandal.

“These are unprompted, by the way,” MSNBC host Joe Scarborough said.

Yep!

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Used and Abused August 28, 2015 at 8:22 am

They will do this over and over to these morons, and they’ll keep voting Republican.

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Soft Sigh from Hell August 27, 2015 at 4:56 pm

Nothing modest about ol’ Omar is there?

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Barack Obama August 27, 2015 at 5:08 pm

The Republicans in Congress actually love me. We have a deal to keep it secret though. I’m their undercover brother!

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carlos August 27, 2015 at 5:47 pm

Makes one wonder what juicy “goods” Team O is holding over the terrified and trembling Corker…

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Sic Semper Tyrannis August 27, 2015 at 7:51 pm

It’s high time for Israel to be off the US dole. They develop and build their own weapons for their purpose. They can kick ASS of any middle east nation. They have nukes also, it’s just a money suck at this point.

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Tazmaniac August 27, 2015 at 10:21 pm

He and frankly EVERY Republican in Congress should be primary challenged.

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Todd August 27, 2015 at 11:37 pm

It’s “set foot” not “stepped foot” for the love of God. What has writing become?

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Fred8512 August 28, 2015 at 9:03 pm

corker needs to be shown what a battle field looks like.

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